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? >> former bush speechwriter david frum knows who to blame for what happened at the ballot box last week. >> the conservative followers have been fleeced and lied to by the conservative entertainment complex. >> there are no republican party leaders. leaders are several appointed now. one of the self-appointed leaders fought back today. >> just as i predicted, ladies and gentlemen, wait until you hear the sound bites, this election was lost because of your host, rush limbaugh. i am the primary reason, there are others, but i'm the primary reason the republican party, and i am the primary reason the republican party will keep losing, until i am denounced by the republican party. the problem that the republican party gets into is misidentifying the reasons that they lose. >> yesterday, steve schmidt took up the cry against the conservative entertainment complex. >> too many swing voters in the country, when you hear conservative, they think of wombs and wackos. we gave up five u.s. senate seats in the last election cycle by people who were just out there. completely extreme. manifestly unp
and dee dee. coming up, why romney lost. this is a good one. david frum, former reagan speechwrit speechwriter, says mitt romney's problem wasn't just shifting demographics or a fumbling campaign, it was his message. the message of cut benefits for the poor, the elderly, and the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the rich. until that misage changes, the republicans will not be a majority party, he says. >>> also mitt romney wasn't this week's biggest loser. how about karl rove? i'll say it again karl rove. not only did he spend millions of other people's money with little gain, his tv performance tuesday night made him the poster child for the republican party's refusal to be part of reality people. >>> plus, inside the two campaigns, how the obama campaign reacted to that disastrous first debate and why as late as tuesday night the romney people thought they had this thing won. we've got reporters from both sides, a lot of tick tock and narrative tonight. >>> and the shocker of the day, cia chief david petraeus resigns he says because of an extramarital affair. we'll try to get
role land martin and david frum, former adviser to george w. bush. you think the election is over. there are a lot of things can you argue about. a lot of victories can you score. but getting rid of obama care is something tabled in the he leshgs, not put on the table. >> i think that's fair. there are two pieces to this debate. one thing that is a huge contradiction and problem for republicans is this. the thing that they campaigned on, get willing rid of the medicare savings in the obama care law, that's something that would actually make the deficit picture look a lot worse over the next ten years. that's obviously, you know, that cuts against this narrative. on the other nd, there are a lot of things about the obama care law that are going to be fiscal problems. for example, the law treats people who are on the exchanges really differently from it treats people who get insurance through the employers. so there are aot of those things that probably should be fixed but aren't going to yield big savings in the short term. as a matter of deficit negotiations, i think boehner is no
some people. some people in that party need to figure that out. >> david frum, good luck with the e-book. >> thank you cia director david petraeus late today resigned over what he described as an extramarital affair. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> big news, david petraeus has resigned his position over what he called an extramarital affairs. the chief correspondent for foreign matters, richard engel is with us. and "the washington post." richard, what do you make of this? he's quitting over an extramarital affair. but why is he telling us about this extramarital affair. it doesn't seem like the norm washington scandal developing here. what's going on here? >> well, we may have new indications on the timing based on the information we're about to say. it this is what we know so far and what we've been able to confirm and is reportable. of course, the cia director today today resigned and he cited that extramarital affair. also, we have learned from law enforcement officials that the fbi is now investigating, and this is an ongoing investigation into paula broadwell.
different theory. cnn contributor david frum has released an e book, why raomney lost and what he's doing about it. david, thank you. >> thank you. >> you say it hides a bigger truth, that republicans have become estranged from a moderate america. >> let's contrast two periods in american history. the first period, the one we just lived through. in the past six presidential elections, the republicans have won a majority of the vote one time in 2004 and then barely. in the previous six presidential elections, from 1968 through 1988, the republicans won five times and in those five -- and if you look at all six, including the ones they lost -- or the one they lost, they averaged 52 1/2% of the vote. so from '68 to '88 we have a majority party and from '88 forward we have a minority party. and that's the core of the problem. it's bigger than the problem than any one candidate and it's getting worse and worse over time. >> don't call this a close election. instead, it's more so a challenger throwing away a sure thing, not necessarily an incumbent kind of hitting the nail on the head and reach
. it is written by david frum who worked in the george w. bush white house. >>> rush limbaugh who famously declared his hope would be that president obama would fail, wasn't too happy about the results and tried to cheer up the right. >> conservatism did not lose. it's difficult to beat santa claus in a country where the option is santa claus or work. >>> shops putting up figurineses, one merchant said the president and first lady are special and italian politicians don't count for much. >>> along a beach in india, a sand artist celebrated obama's re-election by building a sculpture featuring the president, the american flag and a model of the white house on the beach. but that ask nothing compared to this. in kenya, the president's father was born. it is a bipartisan baby tribute. a new mom named one of her twin sons after both candidates. she said in keeping with how they placed, the first son was blamed barack obama, the second is mitt romney. how do you explain that 30 years down the road? >>> you know all those people that flooded your facebook feed with facebook chatter? young people
. >> yeah, i mean, that's the distinction. i think the problem there is one that david frum, a conservative who people have seen on msnbc and elsewhere in the post election period, david frum called it the conservative entertainment complex. to your point, lawrence, people like rush are completely in the entertainment part. >> 100%. >> and the conservative part is just part of the branding, but that's all it is. i don't mean branding like in politics, i mean branding to make money which rush limbaugh is good at, not good at much else. you won't hear any assessment of his role. the guy got out there, was a sexist, crude, mean guy, and it led to all sorts of things. you went to the democratic convention, saw fluke and others punching hard, bloodying rush limbaugh in terms of politics, not bloodying his bottom line, not bloodying the big checks he gets to take home, which may be all he cares about. what we have to watch for those of us that care about the politics and outcome, who are the responsible people, and can any of us, even with disagreements make space for them. i welcome folks that w
so we can all realize who was telling us bs. anyway conservative david frum who is smart guy described the confluence of the republican groups and agendas that led to the gop alternative reality. let's listen to him, mr. frum. he was on "morning joe" last week. >> the real locus of the problem is the republican activist base and the republican donor base. they went apocalyptic over the past four years, and that was exploited by a lot of people in the conservative world. the conservative followership has been fleeced, exploited, and lied to by the conservative entertainment complex. what happened to mitt romney was he was twisted into pretzels. the people who put the cement shoes on his feet are now blaming him for sinking. >> that's a little -- >> michael, what's the conservative entertainment complex? >> i don't know. you have to ask david what he was referring to. i think he probably watts largely referring to folks who are in tv and radio and in print media who were, you know, articulating and perpetuating some of the very things that we're talking about that clearly were
. david frum is a leader of this group warning that the right wing media cabal can no longer be allowed to lead the party. >> the conservative followership has been fleeced, exploited and lived to by the conservative entertainment complex. >> bill crystal showed his maturity by saying compromise is valuable. >> it won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires. it really won't i don't think. i don't really understand why respects don't take obama's offer. >> and seen sean hannity has gotten involved. >> i think you control the border first. you create a pathway for those people that are here. you don't say you got to go home. and that is a position that i've evolved on. >> calling hannity a realist stretches the meaning of the word, i know, but note how simple he thinks these people are, border, amnesty, done. no. as ross douthat wrote in "the times" the idea of amnesty as latino winning electoral silver bullet is a fantasy. the deeper layer is the concept of benevolent government intervention to improve people's lives is satanic in the bubble. they call it wantin
to figure that out. >> david frum, good luck with the e-book. >> thank you. >> cia director david petraeus late today resigned over what he described as an extramarital affair. this is "hardball," the place for politics. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. begins with back pain and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which can relieve pain all day with just two pills. good eye. [ male announcer ] jill and her mouth have lived a great life. but she has some dental issues she's not happy about. so i introduced jill to crest pro-health for life. selected for people over 50. pro-health for life is a toothpaste that defends against tender, inflamed
base? >> the ice is cracking. joy reid and david frum. author of the new ebook. >> coming up. john mccain's campaign of lies against susan rice and the stars at fox and friends didn't lose their jobs or homes so they actually don't think anyone else in the city did. that is in the rewrite. into their work, their name on the door, and their heart into their community. small business saturday is a day to show our support. a day to shop at stores owned by our friends and neighbors. and do our part for the businesses that do so much for us. on november 24th, let's get out and shop small. the capability of a pathfinder with the comfort of a sedan and create a next-gen s.u.v. with best-in-class fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon, highway, and best-in-class passenger roominess? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan pathfinder. it's our most innovative pathfinder ever. nissan. innovation that excites. ♪ i haven't thought about aspirin for years. aspirin wouldn't really help my headache, i don't think. aspirin is just old school. people have doubts about taking aspirin fo
the waters, politicking and actually meaning what you say join me now. david frum and james carville, you have been on every side of this. let me start with you though david. republicans talking about raising revenue by closing loopholes. you can get a heck of a lot of revenue that way. is this smart for them r or not? >> republicans are going to be yielding grown, but they have to avoid it under pressure. president has a strong hand. they have to keep their party together. frankly, i think loopholes are the -- so-called loopholes, deductions for home mortgage, at this point, the wrong place to look for new revenue. the place is look is with different kinds of tax sources. not by making it more difficult for people to work save and invest. >> wow, adding even more taxes. did you switch parties? i'm just teasing you. >> if your goal is to keep the top rate low, i think a top rate of 35 is already quite high. if your goal is to keep a top rate low. you have to look at other kinds of sources other than the income tax. >> james, i guess the question is here would the democrats even accept a d
, and here in washington, the former speechwriter for george w. bush, david frum. this is john mccain speaking about susan rice who could potentially be the next secretary of state if confirmed. listen so how he phrased it over the weekend. >> give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> that's a lot softer, obviously, than what he had said only a couple of weeks or so ago when he said he would do everything in his power to try to block her confirmation if the president nominates here. what's going on here? >> a lot of things came out of susan rice's mouth in the aftermath of the benghazi killings that were not true. and the question is, who put those words in her mouth? were they her own idea or were they placed by somebody else? the record is increasingly showing she was reading notes created for her by other people. whether or not reading notes created for you by other people is a desirable attribute in a secretary of state, it does shift some of the blame for say
behind the curve in the conservative columnist david frum recently wrote an excellent article for and he tells a story about the 2000 presidential election. the city of st. louis, missouri had an outdated voting equipment. so there were long delays in voting. but st. louis was heavily democratic. so al gore's campaign asked a judge to extend voting by three hours. the judge agreed. but then george w. bush's campaign protested and the judge was overruled. meanwhile, vote hg already continued 45 minutes past the legal time. is that how elections should work in the world's greatest democracy? in most other countries an independent national body would make the big decisions, there would be nonpartisan observers at the polls, and of course there would be modern functioning equipment. even venezuela, which had elections last month, had electronic voting booths with biometric technology across the country. we've been criticized around the world for this. i saw a scathing 116-page report about our electoral process published by all places russia. here's "the wall street journal's" tra
, one more point here that david frum raised, a republican voice, but a reformest republican voice, when he look broadly at the budget, we spend seven times as much on seniors and people 55 as we do on children and programs that are broadly considered more progressive. when you look at what happened last tuesday, people over 45 went for mitt romney by over six points. so one thing frum said is, what are we doing talking about decimating the programs that help our base and what are we doing constantly pretending that entitlements aren't for us? we benefit as much as anybody. >> i saw a second stat, which is that their percentage of the vote that were seniors was actually lower this time than it was in 2010. >> that's right. >> it goes to the point we're all making. circumstances have changed. the chessboard is not the same. and you can see a different kind of deal emerging. >> right. we're going to look in the next block at whether all the republicans agree on how much circumstances has changed. some republicans are urging karl rove and his people to step aside, so the party can recalibra
blaming their biggest defeat on their biggest cheerleader. here is david frum. >> conservative followership has been fleeced and lied to. i went to tea party rally and i would ask, have tacks gone up or down in the past four years. they could not answer the question. >> he calls it the conservative entertainment complex but what he's really referring to is talk radio and fox news. now, the audience for those outlets has always been kept in the dark. how come there was no problem with that until now? >> because they lost, and i think what they also are realizing, let's be very honest about what's happened here, if you look at the demographics of this country, the republicans are looking at being locked out of the white house not just for one cycle, but possibly two. this is not a problem that gets fixed in three years, let's be very clear about that. and, you know, we all told them that by not standing up to rush limbaugh, by not standing up to the birthers, by not being willing to push that stuff back and say, wait a second, we're here to focus on issues, they were doing themse
is cnn contributor david frum who has a lot to say about this. his new ebook is "why romney lost." he joins me along with paul begala and alex castellano. liberals have been critical of ryan's comments about urban areas. what do you think of it? >> i don't want to ascribe any sort of dog whistle to it. let's just actually use the language he did, which is geographic. he's just wrong. he's flat out wrong. this is the odd thing, everybody said paul ryan's a numbers guy. well, no, he's not, because first off, if he was shocked that the president, a democrat, did well in urban areas, he hasn't been following politics for the last hundred years. but he also, i looked up a couple of interesting counties that i like to look at. dubuque, iowa, they filmed the movie "field of dreams" there. barack obama won. he won henrico county, a very classic suburban county in virginia which is the home of eric cantor, the republican house majority leader, and in wisconsin, get this, barack obama overwhelmingly won rock county, wisconsin, which -- whose biggest town in janesville which is paul ryan's homet
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